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David Quinn Is The Voice The New York Rangers Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Four days into training camp, David Quinn is losing his voice. This is not a particularly good thing because this coach uses it quite a lot. On the ice, behind the bench, in meetings.

“Very vocal,” says Kevin Hayes. “Always teaching.”

“Constant communication,” says Brady Skjei. “He talks to us all the time, but he listens, too, if you know what I mean.”

“Communication,” says Chris Kreider. “A lot of teaching moments. Nothing is assumed.”

These are not Alain Vigneault’s Rangers anymore, and before tap-dancing in celebration, you may want to consider that Lester Patrick is the only coach in franchise history to preside over more playoff-round victories than the one who was dismissed in the immediate aftermath of last season’s crash. Patrick’s teams won 14 rounds (and two Cups) from 1928 through 1937, while Vigneault’s squads won six in his first three years behind the bench.


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Jobs Are Available

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I think it's clear as day jobs are available based on where we've been the last two years (out of the playoffs) and also based on the push we have coming from some young guys," coach Jeff Blashill said. "If you don't have that push you can talk all you want, it's not real. They know it's real this year because they can see there's guys that are pushing for jobs.

"Some guys that are coming back, they look like they want more ice time. I noticed marked improvement in certain areas with certain guys coming back. We want to be as competitive as possible."...

"From Day One, just the amount of pace, attitude, it hasn't been easy by any means, but it's been good," Frans Nielsen said. "I think this is how camp should be, you should come in prepared and ready from Day One."

Ten forwards are assured of roster spots: Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Gustav Nyquist, Thomas Vanek, Justin Abdelkader, Andreas Athanasiou Darren Helm, Luke Glendening, Tyler Bertuzzi and Nielsen.

That leaves three or four open spots. Michael Rasmussen and Filip Zadina, the club's top picks in each of the past two seasons, will have ample opportunity to win jobs. Rasmussen will play tonight on a line with center Joe Veleno, the 30th pick this year, and Abdelkader. Zadina is dealing with a groin strain and won't play tonight but might be ready for Thursday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks. When he's cleared, Blashill intends to play him on a line with Athanasiou and Vanek.

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An Important Preseason For The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings begin arguably their most consequential preseason in a generation Wednesday against the Penguins.

They start with perhaps less established NHL talent than since Steve Yzerman first pulled on the Wings jersey for September games in 1983.

Positions in the lineup are available. A desperate search for the next stars continues.

Lines will debut.

Several prospects, in whom all hope increasingly rests, will vie for the openings.

It has been 13 years since much, if anything at all, was at stake in the preseason. In September 2005, a well-matured franchise became accustomed to a distinctly acquired taste, Mike Babcock, its new head coach.

Before that, preseasons were largely inconsequential for a decade or more, with a largely veteran lineup set, and preparing to vie for the Stanley Cup.


If you missed the Zetterberg tribute video the Wings released, it is in the KK Hockey section.

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Video- A Tribute To Henrik Zetterberg

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YouTube version is below.

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Will The Wings Be Tougher To Play Against?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Arthur J. Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

If any Detroit players didn't receive the message the Wings roster was wide open, they certainly did after the first five days of training camp at Centre Ice Arena.

In what can only be described as agony on ice, the Red Wings were put through a rigorous on ice and off ice regime, which left player's exhausted, but aware this is a transitional year in Detroit.

Head coach Jeff Blashill has repeatedly said the Red Wings need to be tougher to play against, they need to make the opponents feel miserable for a full sixty minutes.

Based on the physical nature of each practice, with a lot of one-on-one battles for the puck the message is clear. If you plan on sauntering through the season, Detroit is not the hockey team for you.

"We wanted to make sure it was ultra-competitive. We wanted to make sure, rather than …in the past we've focused on systems and things like that and instead of that, we broke it down more into components," Blashill said after camp broke on Tuesday afternoon. "Day 1 was a lot of puck battles and instead of talking about O-zone, we figured we'd break it down into puck battles because if you don't win puck battles you don't have O-zone.

"So, we tried to break it down more into the components of it and make sure it ultra-competitive and make sure a little bit every day it was about winning battles and being heavy on the puck."


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Tyler Bertuzzi Ready For The NHL, Michael Rasmussen Doing What He Can

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There are no more questions whether Tyler Bertuzzi will begin the season in the minor leagues or with the Red Wings.

Any more question of that was squashed around the middle of last season. That’s when Bertuzzi was promoted by the Wings and said farewell to Grand Rapids with an impressive, prolonged NHL debut.

Bertuzzi showed the type of versatility and know-how that could make him a valuable NHL player for a long time.

“I left last season confident in my game and myself,” said Bertuzzi, 23, who scored seven goals with 17 assists (24 points) with the Wings in 48 games. “I felt good toward the end of the season, scoring on my chances. I’m just going to be hopeful to take that into this year and start playing confidently, and we’ll see how it goes.”


Ansar Khan of Mlive on Michael Rasmussen,

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Jagermeister Is Now The “Official Shot Of The NHL”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (September 18, 2018) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and Jägermeister have entered into an agreement in which Jägermeister will become an official partner of the NHL in the U.S with the designation of “official shot of the NHL.” As part of the partnership, Jägermeister will create compelling and engaging 360-degree, integrated programs that will be supported across various retail, in-venue and on premise channels as well as consumer activations at the NHL Winter Classic®, the NHL® All-Star Weekend and other NHL marquee events. This collaboration allows consumers and hockey fans alike the opportunity to partake in shared, ice cold moments with premier brand integration and exposure.

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Vegas Golden Knights Announce A Partnership With A Sports Book

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

VEGAS (September 18, 2018) – William Hill US, the world’s leading sports book operator, and the Vegas Golden Knights today announced a landmark, multi-year partnership, the first-ever between an NHL team in North America and a sports book.

“We could not be more excited to partner with the Golden Knights.  We are headquartered in Las Vegas and have seen first-hand what this team has done for our community,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US. “William Hill is the leader in the U.S sports betting market and we are proud of the fact that this is the first sponsorship agreement between a sports book and an NHL team in the country.  We appreciate the leadership of Bill Foley and his Golden Knights management team in bringing a winning franchise to Las Vegas and always working to make the in-game experience the best anywhere.”

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Advice If You Watch Preseason Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Cambell of The Hockey News,

It’s OK to get a little excited about how rookies play in these games. So when Jesperi Kotkaniemi sends a teammate in alone with a no-look backhand pass, then follows that up by scoring on one knee on a one-timer, as he did in his pre-season debut against a New Jersey Devils’ split squad Monday night, that’s a good thing. Kotkaniemi played to mixed reviews in the Canadiens rookie tournament and it was important for him to show the people in Montreal what he is capable of doing on a bigger stage. Remember, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin took a risk in selecting Kotkaniemi third overall and in a market like Montreal, it’s always good to allay those concerns early.

It would not be wise too get too worked up about the performance of minor league players. When I was at the Toronto Star in the late 1990s and early 2000s covering the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Leafs has a prospect by the name of Donald MacLean. Great kid, worked hard, had a wonderful attitude. For three years straight, he came in and lit it up during the pre-season. His performances would inspire headlines such as, “Starry, Starry night for MacLean” and make fans think that maybe this would be the year he would break through and make the team. Alas, MacLean played a total of 41 games for the Los Angeles Kings, the Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes before finishing his career in Europe. By the time his career ended, he had played for a total of 19 professional teams.


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Brad Marchand Is Your Tour Guide In China

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brad Marchand at NHL.com,

BEIJING -- Yesterday was fun.

After our practice was pushed back from Monday morning to Monday afternoon, we went to the Silk Market. It was cool to be out in the market, really cool to be out there, kind of out in Chinese everyday life and have an opportunity to do a little bit of shopping. It was a lot of fun. The whole team was there; coaches, trainers and everyone.

We all have a little bit of down time, where some guys want to rest. There have been some long days too. Some guys wanted to go there and shop, but there's other opportunities where we do want to all get together, and that's where we build relationships and bond on the road.

But most of us did go to the Silk Market, and it was a fun experience. I haven't been anywhere like it. Any time you go to foreign countries there's always things that are kind of like that, to some extent, but it's normally a lot smaller. It was actually a little overwhelming, the different things that were in there.


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